Chocolate Cheesecake...No Bake and Eggless
Although I made this a while back, this cheesecake is totally dedicated to my brother. I know he would love this, being chocolate crazy was probably the only thing we had in common growing up (even now)!
It is Rakshabandhan today and I so wish he was here with me to celebrate.
I had made this back in April when I had some friends over for dinner on the eve of Manoj's Birthday. I had bought cream cheese to bake a cake, but then changed plans and made this. It was everything I would ever want in a dessert, chocolate and some more chocolate! It was a breeze to make and tasted just incredible!
150 gms cookies, crushed (I used digestive biscuits)
2 tbs cocoa powder, omit if using chocolate cookies
4 tbs melted butter
2 tbs sugar
200 gms cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
150 gms semisweet/ bittersweet chocolate
1/2 tbs gelatin
2 tbs water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup heavy cream
Mix together the cookies, cocoa, sugar and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8" spring form pan and bring it up to the sides a little. Chill the base while you prepare the filling.
Take the water in a bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Microwave for a few seconds just until clear and melted and keep aside.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Keep aside to cool.
Whip the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Stir in the gelatin.
Stir in the cooled chocolate and vanilla extract. Add the cream and whip until well combined.
Pour this mixture over the prepared crust and smooth the top. Refrigerate until set.
Melt the chocolate and cream over a double boiler until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
When the cheesecake has set, run a knife around the edges and unmold carefully. Tranfer to a serving plate and pour the ganache over the top.
Posted by Poornima Nair at 9:36 AM